YOU'RE LATE FOR A MEETING, ASSHAT!
March 3, 2011 11:17 AM Subscribe
I need some sort of really "loud" notification when I have a meeting coming up at work. ("Load" is in quotes, because, ideally, it wouldn't be a sound -- it would be some sort of big, colorful visual display.) I (am forced to) use Outlook 2011. Mac OS X, Snow Leopard.
posted by grumblebee to work & money (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I keep missing meetings at work, and people are starting to notice and get pissed.
I miss them because I suck at multitasking. I'm a programmer, and when I'm coding, I get in the "zone" and don't notice anything except the code. I can code for hours without taking a break to eat or whatever. And if someone talks to me, it often takes me several seconds to realize it. I then have to go through this whole mental snapping-out-of-it process, and I usually have to ask the person to repeat what he said.
I have Outlook open all day, with my calendar showing, but the problem is that when I'm in code-land, I don't think to look at my calendar or at email.
I have Growl, but unfortunately my brain has trained itself to ignore growl notifications. Basically, I don't see anything that isn't in my code-editor's window. (Is there a way to (a) hook growl up to Outlook and (b) make ONLY Outlook Growls have a bright orange background or something? That would probably solve my problem!)
I've considered sounds, but I don't think they're ideal for a variety of reasons. A lot of my work involves videos with audio tracks, and I can't leave my volume up, because it will bother my coworkers (and me, frankly). I've tried to work with headphones on, but I'm only able to do that for so long before they irritate me and I have to take them off.
The ideal solution would be some sort of screen-saver-like app that would take over my whole screen (actually "screens," since I have three monitors, but even if it just took over one, that would be okay) and said "YOU HAVE A MEETING IN FIVE MINUTES!"
I've never had a job where I've had to use Outlook before. I don't know how easily scriptable it is. I don't know if external apps can hook into it. I don't know if an app like this already exists.
In case you missed it, I am using Outlook 2011 for Calendaring and I'm on OS X Snow Leopard.